NewsPowerTen LGAs Not Connected To National Grid In Borno

 …Nine Power Transmission Towers Vandalize In Ogun

Ten out of 27 local government areas of Borno State are not connected to the national grid which affects the economy of the state.

The Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai Al-Amin Elkanemi disclosed this on Tuesday at the Presidential flag off of Wadi-B oil well drilling in the Tuba community, Jere Local government Area of the state.

“We have a very serious problem of power supply because out of the 27 local government areas of the state, 10 are not connected to the national grid, especially those in northern Borno.”

“Apart from the power supply, the state is faced with myriad challenges in education, road infrastructure, and unemployment among youths,” he said.

Shehu noted that with the oil discovery, Borno will be on the list of oil-producing states, providing enough revenue to improve infrastructures and create more jobs in the state.

“There’s a need for more road infrastructure in Borno to improve trade and create more jobs, being that the state shares international borders with Cameroon, Chad, and Niger Republic,” he said.

The monarch explained that the venture was halted for over 5 years due to the Boko Haram insurgency and commended the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL) for resuming oil search in the area.

Earlier, the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of NNPCL, Malam Mele Kyari, applauded security agencies for ensuring relative peace and safety in the Wadi-B oil well drilling area.

He attributed the feat to the foresight and doggedness of President Muhammadu Buhari, and the political will of Borno State governor Babagana Zulum in working diligently with security agencies for restoring peace in the state.

In a similar development, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has reported the collapse of nine power transmission towers in Ogun State over vandals’ activities.

Ndidi Mbah, TCN spokesperson in a statement said tower 56 to tower 65 along the Papalanto/Abeokuta 132 kilovolts (kV) transmission line collapsed, cutting off bulk power delivery from Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

It added that massive vandalization led to towers collapsing in the Obafemi Owode area of Ogun State.

Engr. Mojeed Akintola, General Manager, Transmission, Lagos Region of TCN, said the towers’ collapse was discovered on Tuesday after a tripping was recorded and a team was dispatched to trace the fault, leading to the discovery of the collapsed towers.

“As a result, Abeokuta and environs are presently out of power supply even as efforts are ongoing to supply bulk electricity through an alternate line, to enable Ibadan DisCo to distribute electricity to its customers whose supply is affected by the incident.”

“Nefarious acts negatively impact the grid expansion efforts of the company. Also, resources that would have been used to further improve the grid infrastructure in Ogun State would now be used to replace the vandalized towers,” he said.

The company appealed to host communities and protected national assets.

Hassan Umar Shallpella (Regional Correspondent)

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